13 days in Helsinki, Kuusamo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki, Kuusamo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki, Kuusamo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

8
days
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rock Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get some cultural insight at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Kokonniemi (in Porvoo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, cruise along King's Road, and head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Reunion, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Kokonniemi, Flamingo Entertainment Centre, Valkmusa National Park, King's Road
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

2
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ruka, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Kuusamo: highs are around -5°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

2
days
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at SantaPark, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi route planner .

Take a bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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